Cheddar and Cauliflower Rotini

by katerina on January 7, 2013

Cauliflower loves cheese, almost any cheese; but especially sharp cheeses like blues and cheddars. Much like cauliflower, I also have strong feelings for the combination especially in this easy pasta which is equal amounts cauliflower to noodles.

Cheddar Cauliflower Pasta recipe

If you have any extra cheese sitting around in your fridge stir it in as well and call it a 2, 3 or 4-cheese sauce.

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Cheddar and Cauliflower Rotini

(serves 2)

2 tablespoons butter
1/2 onion, diced
pinch chili flakes (optional)
pinch salt and pepper
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
a bay leaf
one head cauliflower, roughly chopped bite sized
160g rotini
1 cup grated sharp cheddar

Place a large pot of water on to boil for the pasta. In the meantime melt the butter over medium low heat in a medium saucepan. Add the onion and chill flakes if desired and cook until nice and soft. Stir in the flour and allow to cook, stirring regularly for 3 minutes.

Turn up the heat to medium and slowly add in the milk half a cup at a time. Once the milk and flour are combined (stir, stir, stir!) add more milk until it is all combined. Bring to a simmer, and add in a healthy pinch of salt and pepper as well as the bay leaf. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes, stirring regularly so it doesn't scald at the bottom. Add in the cauliflower, stir and cover. Reduce heat to medium low, or until it is very gently simmering when covered. Cook for 10 minutes, stir and check regularly, when the cauliflower is soft it is time to cook your pasta.

Salt the pasta water and cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside. In the meantime reduce the heat on the sauce to low and stir in the cheese, 1/2 cup at a time. Taste the sauce and season with salt and pepper as necessary. Remove the bay leaf. Toss the pasta with the sauce and serve.

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cooking Time: 25 minutes | Total Time:30 minutes
Calories(approximate per serving): 775

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Maura January 9, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Perfect timing! I have a head of cauliflower waiting to be used. This looks awesome, thanks!


kristy @ Gastronomical Sovereignty January 13, 2013 at 10:18 pm

cauliflower? cheese? pasta?….i think i’m in love. with this recipe. but if you keep this up, you’re next on the list!!!

…yes, i realize 3 “!” is excessive. but cheesy cauliflower and noodles does that to a girl.


katerina January 14, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Awesome, let me know if you try it kristy or Maura


Carrie January 14, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Made this last night and it was delicious! Added quite a bit more cheese, but then again, we like it cheesy. DH was happy to take leftovers for lunch today! Thanks for the recipe!!


katerina January 15, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Cheesy is always good!


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